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 C/O Sec. Susan Russell
 24614 Road G
 Sugar City, Co 81076-9514
 Phone: 719-267-3265

CSA honors families

CSA presented several awards in conjunction with its 2017 National Western Stock Show-hosted events.

T-Heart Ranch of Center was named CSA’s 2016 Breeder of the Year winner. The Outstanding Breeder award recognizes breed promotion, marketing and breeding success. T-Heart Ranch, operated by the Shane Temple family, runs about 800 registered and 1000 commercial Simmental-influenced cows in Colorado’s high country. In addition to cow/calf pairs, they operate a feedlot at 8,000-feet elevation, where they develop their sale bulls. Not only are their bulls PAP tested before being offered in their March sale, but their herd has multi-generation PAP tested pedigrees to allow ranchers to select for high altitude success. Shane & Beth Temple and their four children also host a female sale each December.

T-Heart served as junior field day and state Simmental tour host in 2015. Beth Temple also is an active volunteer as CSA’s vice-president. The Temple family was presented an embroidered cowhide at the Wild, Wild West sale on Jan. 17, 2017.

Ron & Sherry Mari of Holyoke were presented the President’s Award at the start of the sale. The Mari family has been a vital mainstay of CSA’s National Western activities, said CSA President Robert Campbell as he thanked them for their volunteerism. Ron has served as pen show chairman for about 20 years and the couple has also continuously catered the pre-sale barbecue before The One sale at National Western.

The Mari family also hosted the state Simmental tour in 2013 and Ron previously served on CSA’s board of directors. They were caught by surprise as they were called into the ring for the presentation.

Prior to the sale, two scholarships also were announced. Chad Russell of Sugar City received a $1000 grant and Keanna Smith of Ignacio, was awarded $500.

Pres. Campbell thanked them for their years of junior leadership. Russell, a junior, is double majoring in animal science and mathematics at Colorado State University-Fort Collins. He led CJSA as president for six years, in addition to service as a State 4-H officer and in FFA, where he was an American Degree recipient.

Smith is a freshman at Redlands Community College and plans to pursue nursing. She enjoys successfully exhibiting her small herd of Simmentals and livestock judging.


2016 Colorado State Fair
PUEBLO , CO – Small but high-quality Simmental and SimGenetic shows were part of the 2016 Colorado State Fair. 
Winners in the YOUTH shows on Aug. 29, judged by Dr. Aaron Cooper of San Angelo, TX, were:
  • Simmental division - Champion: Fleet of Grand C50 (ASA#3124870) exhibited by Brandyn Hill.
  • SimSolution division - Champion: Akers Juanda C002 (ASA#3034908) exhibited by Kyndal Reitzenstein; Reserve: SFI Miss See Me Now (ASA#3023292) exhibited by David Smith.

Winners in the OPEN show on Aug. 31, judged by Harlan Yochum of Sapulpa, OK, were:

  • SimSolution division - Champion: SFI Miss See Me Now (ASA#3023292) exhibited by David Smith; Reserve: CCRS Carrie (ASA#2999228) exhibited by Lyle Cooksey.


Brandyn Hill receives an embroidered tail bag for Champion Simmental heifer in the youth show..


Kyndal Reitzenstein receives Champion SimSolutions female prize from the youth show from Jerrid Brisendine.


David Smith receives an embroidered towel for his Champion SimSolution female in the CSF open show.

2016 Tour & Annual Meeting
FORT COLLINS, CO – A ranch tour, junior contests and elections were part of state Simmental summer activities hosted July 16 by Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch near here.
In the youth association, Chad Russell of Sugar City turned the gavel over to Bryce Hill of Sterling. Keanna Smith of Ignacio was re-elected vice-president and Shelby Temple of Center was elected secretary.

The juniors also held an educational field day. Contestants competed in a cattlemen’s quiz, which tested beef industry knowledge. The morning’s top point winners were: Chad Russell, first, and Bryce Hill, second. They also practiced sales talk, a communications contest where youth role play with a mock buyer to “sell” their animal. The youth association voted to continue breed promotion with a Colorado State Fair incentive program, and CSA continues offering its county fair winner awards.

In the adult association, CSA Pres. Robert Campbell of Ignacio thanked outgoing directors Jerrid Brisendine of Walsh, who completed his nine-year term; and Curtis Russell of Sugar City, who stepped off the board after a total of 15 years of volunteer service.

 Beth Temple of Center was re-elected to the board of directors, plus board newcomers Vicky Ahlberg of Longmont and Reed Parker of Stratton were elected to three-year director terms vacated by Brisendine and Russell. The board later re-elected Campbell as president and Temple as vice-president. Susan S. Russell of Sugar City was re-appointed secretary/treasurer. A tour of Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch drew breeders to the annual event, with numerous pastures and sire groups viewed by ranchers statewide. Events wrapped up with a beef loin supper.

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